Who is the top shortstop in the game today?
AY: Like third base, this is a stacked position of young and incredible talent. To me, this came down to Corey Seager and Carlos Correa. As much as I think Seager has been the more consistent player since his incredible rookie campaign in which he finished second in MVP voting, I cannot stop oogling over the tools and potential of Correa. Correa is currently fourth in AL batting average, 10th in homers and third in RBIs. His .OPS, though admittedly inflated from playing in a little league ballpark, is still noteworthy at .979 and all sabermetric numbers are just eye-popping when it comes to the former No. 1 overall pick.
JW: It’s hard to say anyone but Carlos Correa, who has been a star pretty much since the day he was called up. He leads all shortstops in baseball right now in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, home runs, and RBIs. He isn’t exactly a base threat, but when 39 of your 103 hits are for extra bases, you don’t need to be. His glove isn’t great, shown by his -3/6 UZR/150, but the bat more than makes up for it.
What under-the-radar shortstop do you think could be the next big thing?
JW: Shortstop is always a tough one to project because so many players change positions at some point. With Gleyber Torres in the pipeline, Jorge Mateo may be forced to move positions, but I am a big fan of his game. His speed is incredible and he has never met a base he didn’t try to steal. In 2015, he swiped 82 bags, which propelled him to the Yankees No. 1 prospect. He also has deceptive power, don’t be surprised to see him hit 15 home runs per year at the MLB level.
AY: He’s only heading into his senior year of high school, but Brice Turang looks like a five-tool future star. The SoCal native is committed to LSU, but that should change once he is drafted early in 2018. The lefty hitter has only struck out three times in his 127 at bats this season (combining high school and summer ball) and is currently on the All-USA team. It’s very possible he will be donning a Phillies uniform in three short years.
Who is the greatest shortstop of all-time?
AY: This probably would have been Alex Rodriguez if he didn’t switch positions upon joining the Yankees, so I’ll go way back and say Honus Wagner. His career .328 batting average is punctuated by eight batting titles. He is eighth in hits, third in triples, ninth in doubles, and 10th in career WAR. His most impressive stat is his 723 stolen bases (10th all-time) to just 26 times caught stealing.
JW: Like Andrew, I am also going old school here and saying Honus Wagner. Look at the all-time leaders list among shortstops in any stat category and you’ll likely see Wagner there. He is the career WAR leader as well as one-base percentage. Playing in the deadball era took away a lot of his home runs and he still owned a career slugging percentage of .467.